Plans to build 123 homes on former papermill site are now with Falkirk Council

-Credit: (Image: Google Maps)
-Credit: (Image: Google Maps)

Plans to build 123 new homes near Denny have been submitted to Falkirk Council for a final decision.

Mactaggart and Mickel Homes Ltd is hoping to build the new homes on land to the north of Strathcarron Hospice, Stoneywood, near Falkirk.

The new housing will add to development on land that was formerly an industrial site, once home to Carrongrove Paper Mill, which closed for good in 2005.

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The application is for 123 homes in total: 120 private homes, comprising 24 two-bedroom terrace houses; 42 three-bedroom, semi-detached homes; and 54 four-bedroom detached houses.

There will also be three two-bedroom, terraced affordable houses, as required.

The site is close to the River Carron, which cuts through a deep gorge, and the application admits it is "challenging topography".

The design and access statement promises opportunities for walking, cycling and recreation with good connections between the new homes and areas of open space.

The application notes: "A series of two metre-wide footpath links provide a pleasant riverside walk to the rear of the housing development, this connects into woodland walks and provides connectivity through the site and to other pedestrian routes."

The application also notes that two consultation events in the local community were poorly attended with just seven people each evening including councillors and community councillors.

However, as the local Community Council had been informed and shared the information on social media, the developers were satisfied they had done enough to inform residents.

The site is allocated for housing in the Local Development Plan and does not go beyond a previously agreed masterplan for the area.

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